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Xbox Series S Announced - Only $299
Posted: Posted September 8th
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After a series of leaks last night, Microsoft has finally and officially announced their second next-gen console: the smaller, cheaper Xbox Series S. And it is cheap.
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While the bigger next-gen machines from both Microsoft (Xbox Series X) and Sony (PlayStation 5) are expected to sell later this year for at least $499, this smaller console is priced at only $299.

The pros: if physical backwards compatibility isn’t an issue to you, and you’re not the type to trade-in your discs at places like GameStop, then the Series S will be very tempting. It’s almost the perfect Gamepass machine. And it’s $200 cheaper than we’re expecting for the Series X.

The cons: $200 is a lot less, so we’d expect some more serious compromises in terms of specs than just the loss of a disc drive. When we first reported on this console back in 2019, it was believed that the performance gap between the Series X and Series S would be around the same as the Xbox One and Xbox One X.

I’m really feeling the design, which isn’t as out-there as you might first assume. Sure, the huge black “speaker” grill for the ventilation is the first thing to draw your eye, but it’s not as wild as you might think, since it’s actually a continuation of a design trend we saw with the Xbox One S. It also gives the wee lil’ console a little character, a defining visual mark that helps it stand out (while also making it look like an intercom system from Control or Portal).

Microsoft says there’ll be a more thorough announcement “soon”.


https://kotaku.com/microsofts-next-gen-xbox-one-series-s-is-only-299-1844979695
Per the trailer, the Xbox Series S launches November 10 and offers the following features:

Resolutions up to 1440p at up to 120 FPS
DirectX Raytracing
Variable refresh rate
Variable rate shading
Ultra-low latency
4k streaming media playback
4k upscaling for games
A custom 512 GB SSD

Most of these specs like “ultra-low latency” are vague, but the 512 GB SSD is a nice, firm, small number.

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That 512 GB SSD would scare me though. I think the latest Call of Duty game takes up something like 200 GB of disk space currently, and most games seem to be pushing 40-50 GB these days. Not necessarily a lot of room to work with.

Sounds like impressive performance for the price point though.

Edited September 8th by Count Dooku
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I was about to post this. FFS! ()


The pros: if physical backwards compatibility isn’t an issue to you, and you’re not the type to trade-in your discs at places like GameStop, then the Series S will be very tempting. It’s almost the perfect Gamepass machine. And it’s $200 cheaper than we’re expecting for the Series X.

I am not sure how gamepass works. I would imagine that it is similar to EA access. As some one who is trying to be a minimalist gamer (Digital collection for portable/ hybrid consoles) it is a great option in theory...BUT! there are issues with it such as shitty download speeds, not all titles being on game pass, games being removed from game pass at a later time.

Other issues include Internal storage. A 512GB Ssd Is not a lot of room. This generation has had some massive games and they will be getting bigger moving forward. (I mean look at the newest call of duty even the multiplayer F2P game is 100+GB download) Also what happens when you can no longer download your digital games? Digital sales can also pale in comparison to physical sales. Does this console require you to be online to play your downloaded Xbox game pass games?

If the Xbox game pass is one of the selling points than maybe one should also look at a PC as they offer that service on there as well. I know the selling point is that this console will be cheaper and allow players to access the next generation of gaming for a much more affordable price but it seems some what backwards to me.

Has Microsoft said that moving forward all their games will run on next gen consoles only? Because traditionally the games released within the first 12-18 months of a new console have also been available on the previous console. In the long run wouldnt it be a better idea to use the current X box one, game on that for a couple of years and then pick up a launch X series console? (By that time they should have an affordable slim edition or an updated pro edition)

Unless the majority of the games being released will only be available on the next gen consoles, logically it wouldnt make sense to pick this console up.

My biggest worry is that this console drops and 3 years down the line games being developed can only run on the X series. (Example: 3ds games only being able to run on a NEW 3DS and not the original handheld)


I know it seems like I am being overly critical about this console but truth be told I am somewhat excited for it and much more excited for this new generation than I was for the current generation.



Posted September 8th by S.O.H.
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I am not sure how gamepass works. I would imagine that it is similar to EA access.


Works better IMO. Basically you pay a monthly subscription and you get a bunch of games you can download to your console and play. You don't have to worry about streaming the game, but you do have to wait for the games to download and you can eat up your SSD space fast. I have a 4 TB external plugged into my X1 and it's atleast half full.

A 512GB Ssd Is not a lot of room.


No it's not and game files are only going to get larger.

If the Xbox game pass is one of the selling points than maybe one should also look at a PC as they offer that service on there as well.


True but I dont think it offers all of the games that the XBOX Version does.

Has Microsoft said that moving forward all their games will run on next gen consoles only? Because traditionally the games released within the first 12-18 months of a new console have also been available on the previous console. In the long run wouldnt it be a better idea to use the current X box one, game on that for a couple of years and then pick up a launch X series console? (By that time they should have an affordable slim edition or an updated pro edition)


Yes, infact they said that for the next couple years games will work on both the X1 and XBOX Series X/S

I know it seems like I am being overly critical about this console but truth be told I am somewhat excited for it and much more excited for this new generation than I was for the current generation.


Dont worry, I'd be asking the same questions too if I didn't know.

Posted September 8th by Q
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Dont worry, I'd be asking the same questions too if I didn't know.


Its exciting to say the least. But the biggest draw is that the launch console library isnt there. Ive been overly critical about Sony exclusives for years now but atleast they will have exclusive games to play when their console launches. I am assuming that the Game Pass is a way for Microsoft to say:

"HEY WE DONT HAVE ANY EXCLUSIVE GAMES YET BUT WE DO HAVE GAMES YOU CAN PLAY DAY ONE!!!!!!"

I am curious to see how sony and nintendo will handle this news. I know Microsoft and Sony are directly competing against each other but I would like to see nintendo show case some of the Pro Stuff. If I had to guess its another hybrid console on par with the PS PRO (or as close to it as possible)

Also I may pick up the game pass for my self. My laptop runs games decently enough and Ive been looking for an excuse to buy an Xbox 360 controller.


Posted September 8th by S.O.H.
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Also what happens with the naming if Microsoft want to do another mid-gen console release? Is it like the Xbox Series X and a Half? Do they just pick another letter from the alphabet?

It seems that consoles have forgotten why people liked them. They were simple. You buy console, you play games. Are people going to have to now check if the game they want to play is compatible with their console? Are Devs just expected to support both? Is the major difference just graphics so we'll just see a better visual quality on the Xbox Series X?

Just seems like consoles are going in a very weird direction.

Posted September 8th by Moonray
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Also what happens with the naming if Microsoft want to do another mid-gen console release? Is it like the Xbox Series X and a Half? Do they just pick another letter from the alphabet?


XBOX SERIES X ULTRA and XBOX SERIES S PRIME


Just seems like consoles are going in a very weird direction.


Yeah this seems like a digital all in one system. Which isnt necessarily a bad thing but it is strange.

Posted September 8th by S.O.H.
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XBOX SERIES X ULTRA and XBOX SERIES S PRIME


Lol, made me think of Pokémon naming conventions.

Yeah this seems like a digital all in one system. Which isnt necessarily a bad thing but it is strange.


If it was just a digital only console I get that, but thw price point definitely suggests it's less powerful too. Which is just a weird direction for consoles to go in my mind. Maybe it'll work out and there is a market for people who just want a cheaper console but I'm somewhat curious as to how game developers will respond- whether they'll baseline their games for the Series S specs and just add fancier graphics for Series X, or if some will just ignore the Series S?

Guess we'll find out.

Posted September 8th by Moonray
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The hell. You guys miss the thread made last night? 😐

Posted September 9th by ShadowFox08
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The hell. You guys miss the thread made last night? 😐






Posted September 9th by S.O.H.
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Also what happens with the naming if Microsoft want to do another mid-gen console release? Is it like the Xbox Series X and a Half? Do they just pick another letter from the alphabet?


Good question. I’m not sure who MS have naming their consoles but they are making something simple way more Complicated then it needs to be.

Are Devs just expected to support both? Is the major difference just graphics so we'll just see a better visual quality on the Xbox Series X?


Yes, but only for the Xbox Series X/S. Sony won’t be requiring developers to make their games work on both the PS4 and PS5.

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